The Jacksonville Jaguars coach City Meyer units the schedule for QB’s naming, however the competitors continues
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars trainer Urban Meyer said he had a schedule in mind for naming a quarterback but also said the Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew competition could go on for a few more weeks.
Lawrence, the # 1 NFL draft pick, and Minshew will continue to alternate practice days with the first-team offense. Meyer said he would decide on a starter for the season opener on September 12 in Houston in consultation with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
“I do [have a timeline] in my own mind, but once again it’s a conversation the three people have every day, “said Meyer.” In theory, it could [go through the final preseason game on Aug. 29]but rather not. “
Lawrence worked with the first team on Friday after Minshew worked with it on Thursday. The rookie said he was fine to compete for the starting job.
“I don’t mind,” said Lawrence. “I think that’s the way to run a team, to be honest. The best player has to play and you have to compete. As a player in the first year that’s expected. You want to compete for the job.” There’s a right way to do things and I think they handled that great. We’re at a good point and we’re just going to keep working and I’ll take every opportunity that comes my way. That’s all I can really do. “
Meyer said he would like Lawrence to get more reps in Monday’s New Orleans preseason game but will decide which quarterback will face the Saints on Saturday. In the preseason against Cleveland, Lawrence played 25 snaps and completed 6 of 9 passes for 71 yards, while Minshew played 11 snaps and went 4 for 7 for 47 yards with an interception.
Lawrence said he’d like to have more reps in training, as would any player who comes into the league.
“I think we’re doing a good job managing this,” said Lawrence. “Of course, as a young man, you want as many as possible, just because every look you get is something new, something you see and can learn from. So for me, I just want as many as I can and we’re at this point now that we’ve been practicing for so long, it’s also more about getting a lot more mental repetitions because we aren’t going to be outside three hours a day at the start of the season can.
“I think we’ve had great preparation up to this point, great camp, and for me I’ve learned a lot and got a lot better, I think, just taking care of the ball, making decisions, I know the offense. But the more repetitions I can do, the better, and of course I would love to. “
Lawrence completed 71% of his passes with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 7v7 and 11v11 drills, as well as in the first preseason game since camp began. Minshew completed 72% of his passes with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions.